Christmas is almost upon us again. The shops are crammed with sparkling decorations and excited shoppers. Christmas trees are beginning to appear in folk’s windows, the first Christmas songs are being played on the radio, and even the weather is turning cold and frosty as if in anticipation of the big day. Christmas can be a time of great joy and laughter, of celebration with family and close friends, of parties and dinners and cosy firesides just for two; but it can also be the loneliest time of the year for many. Read more
For many families Christmas is the only time of the year when everyone gets together under one roof to ‘celebrate’. Unfortunately, there’s often a very good reason for this gathering remaining just an annual ritual; sibling rivalries, past grudges and personality clashes abound. There’s more than a grain of truth in the old adage; “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”! Read more
Tis the season, as the holiday saying goes.
This phrase means so many different things to so many different people; to some it is the season to be more grateful, to some it is the season to be more religious, to some it is the season to feast or buy lots of presents. Read more
With no workshop full of elves to make it all happen like magic, this holiday season we could all use some new ideas to incorporate into our bag of tricks. Here are some tips to make the holidays flow much smoother: Read more
Since the New Year always brings on resolution and lists of things we want to be better at, I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to do differently in 2014. I want to make it a better year for and my family and I than 2013 was. Read more
If you need to cheer yourself up this holiday season, don’t rush out to the mall to buy a new trinket. Don’t overeat, or reach for alcohol, tobacco or whatever else you used to turn to for comfort. Instead, comfort others. It’s the surest ticket to uplifting your mood. This Christmas, remember the forgotten at Christmas, and feel your spirits soar. Read more
My favorite day of the year has come and gone. Friends’ Thanksgiving. We started this event after our roommate suggested we have folks over to celebrate the holidays with our ‘family of friends’. It began with about 15 people getting together, putting aside the to-do lists and committing a meal together. Read more